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Trained Bees are Able to Detect Cancer Through Breath

Andrea Margutti

Using custom built glass containers with two separate chambers, participants can exhale into the smaller compartment as bees buzz about in the larger section. The bees, who naturally have an extraordinary sense of smell, are trained to track certain scents that are indicative of specific diseases. As a result, the bees would rush into the smaller chamber of the glass device, if they detected the presence of the specific disease they were trained to identify.

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  • Jsnlcouture

    Very innovative, and a lack of better words a "breathe of fresh air" since cancer is a leading cause of death. Thank you for posting

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    This is so incredible. But I wonder with bees dying so rapidly- is it smart to use them for research like this? So innovative- I just think we should think of them less for saving human lives- but more to save their lives.